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This is a book about the city during two "decades.â€ One began in 1960 as a continuation of life in Chicago during the 1950s and lasted until around 1965. Then, as if a tornado roared through the area, the period from 1965 and throughout the 1970s shifted dramatically in its social, economic, and political directions. The cityâ€™s residents became more aware of a changing city and national and international events like Southeast Asia and the Civil Rights Movement. This is a book of memories provided by a wide range of individuals, all with different backgrounds and experiences, but each with a common focus: remembrances of a time of change.
Anyone who lived in the Chicago area during the 1960s will remember the overwhelming popularity of Dick Biondi and Clark Weber on WLS-AM, the arrival of the Beatles, the 1963 NFL Champion Chicago Bears, the 1967 snowstorm, the new campus at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the 1963 Assassination of JFK, the popularity of Old Town, Dr. Martin Luther Kingâ€™s presence in Chicago and then his assassination in 1968, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and when men first walked on the Moon. These, and many other events, happened in succession during that ten-year period that most of us couldnâ€™t catch our collective breaths.
This 330 page book covers the scope of the decade through more than 150 duotone photographs and stories by 80 interviewees, including Shelley Berman, Dick Biondi, Richard Christiansen, Joel Daly, US Representative Danny Davis, Judge Richard Elrod, Jacky Grimshaw, Glenn Hall, Hugh Hefner, Walter Jacobson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Marilyn Katz, Johnny "Redâ€ Kerr, Rick Kogan, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Mantegna, Newton and Jo Minow, William "Billyâ€ Petersen, Harold Ramis, Gale Sayers, Gary Sinise, and Lois Wille.
Book Publisher: Chicago's Books Press
No. of Pages: 330